Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

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Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Holy Family is underpinned by our school mission statement,

‘Hand in hand in Gods loving family, we will dream and learn growing into the best we can be’

 Our Catholic Faith and whole school virtues love, respect, kindness, friendship, forgiveness and honesty are central to all that we do. We ensure that our curriculum is enriched by the teachings of the Catholic Church and led by the Gospel Values, enabling all children to be valued as an individual and creating a sense of belonging within our school community and the wider world.

 We are determined for every child to fulfil their greatest potential and be the best they can be.

This is done through the delivery of a high quality, knowledge rich and inspiring curriculum that nurtures each child’s individual talents, provides a wide range of first hand experiences that widen children’s knowledge and skills across all curriculum areas, and prepares children for their next stage in their lives.

 Our curriculum is designed to ensure;

  • Every child is provided with the key skills to prepare them for life in modern Britain. These are underpinned by key Catholic Values
  • Children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to make healthy and safe choices for themselves and others, promoting good physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes required for all children to become independent, resourceful life-long learners.
  • Children are provided with the opportunities to reflect on their learning allowing them to identify how ‘what’ they have learnt impacts on them, not only as individuals, but how they can have an impact locally, nationally and globally.

Curriculum Implementation

What we offer our children…

  • We have developed a two year rolling cycle that reflects the content and challenge of the National Curriculum and develops children both academically and personally.
  • We understand that reading is the gateway to learning and therefore follow the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and each term base our learning on a high-quality text. 
  • Our coherent academic curriculum builds on previous learning, ensuring subject progression and the widening and deepening of knowledge and skills.
  • We recognise children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development. We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
  • Across the school, our children have access to a range of high-quality texts which drive the delivery of the curriculum, enriching vocabulary and inspiring all learners.
  • Our curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners; it is highly inclusive.
  • Our location within the Southwest, provides us with the not only the rich local history of Swindon but also enables us to have access to a range of experiences through visits, visitors and carefully planned experiences.
  • We enrich the curriculum with a range of activities and life experiences which also promote social, moral, spiritual and cultural development; for instance, children participate in educational visits and visitors, in year 6 children attend a residential visit 

Opportunities for children to access areas ‘beyond the curriculum’ widening children’s experiences.

All teachers have a clear understanding of the concepts that are covered within each phase and through a mix of both subject specific content and cross curricular content all children build on prior knowledge and are able to make links and apply knowledge to other curriculum areas.

Curriculum Impact

 We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer, support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. Regular reviews of our curriculum offer ensure high standards of learning throughout the curriculum and enable us to make the most of local opportunities with the aim to overcome local barriers to learning.

 These activities enrich children’s lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and the diverse society to which belong and play an active part. 

 Our curriculum will enable children to aspire to achieve their goals and become confident, inquisitive children who will have a set of knowledge, skills and values that will allow them to become successful global citizens.

Phase 2 Year Rolling Programme

As a school we work on a 2 year rolling cycle. This ensures that all National Curriculum objectives are covered over 2 years. Please click on the links below to access the  rolling cycle for each year group.  

Cycle A (2023, 2025, 2027)

Year 1 and Year 2

Year 3 and Year 4

Year 5 and Year 6

Cycle B (2022, 2024, 2026)

Year 1 and Year 2

Year 3 and Year 4

Year 5 and Year 6

 Parents Guide to the National Curriculum